• Mark Del Cukut, 4, Jayci Kimes, 5, and Ava Dara, 5, enjoy cupcakes they decorated in honor of Fort Jackson’s birthday. Children decorated more than 300 cupcakes during the festivities. The community event was attended by service members and families from all over South Carolina. FMWR provided games, a candy buffet and jump houses for family fun during the celebration.

    94 and going strong

    Mark Del Cukut, 4, Jayci Kimes, 5, and Ava Dara, 5, enjoy cupcakes they decorated in honor of Fort Jackson’s birthday. Children decorated more than 300 cupcakes during the festivities. The community event was attended by service members and families...

  • Children with Fort Jackson’s School Age Services program make balloon crafts during Fort Jackson’s 94th birthday celebration Friday at the Solomon Center. Youth groups from Columbia and Spartanburg were also in attendance for the community event.

    94 and going strong

    Children with Fort Jackson’s School Age Services program make balloon crafts during Fort Jackson’s 94th birthday celebration Friday at the Solomon Center. Youth groups from Columbia and Spartanburg were also in attendance for the community event.

  • Maj. Gen. James Milano, Fort Jackson’s commanding general, and Post Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall use a saber to cut the cake at Fort Jackson’s 94th birthday celebration at the Solomon Center Friday.

    94 and going strong

    Maj. Gen. James Milano, Fort Jackson’s commanding general, and Post Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall use a saber to cut the cake at Fort Jackson’s 94th birthday celebration at the Solomon Center Friday.

  • Capt. Michelle Quille, Company A, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment, signs the birthday card made to celebrate Fort Jackson’s birthday. The card was signed by more than 100 people and will be placed on display at Post Headquarters.

    94 and going strong

    Capt. Michelle Quille, Company A, 1st Battalion, 61st Infantry Regiment, signs the birthday card made to celebrate Fort Jackson’s birthday. The card was signed by more than 100 people and will be placed on display at Post Headquarters.

FORT JACKSON, S.C. -- Hundreds of people showed their support for Fort Jackson Friday at the post’s 94th birthday celebration at the Solomon Center. The community event was attended by service members, families and children from Columbia and other parts of the state. Maj. Gen. James Milano, Fort Jackson commander, and Post Command Sgt. Maj. Brian Stall began the festivities by cutting the birthday cake with a saber. Party guests enjoyed food and drinks provided by AAFES and children’s activities organized by Family and Morale, Welfare and Recreation.

For some, the birthday party was a warm welcome to Fort Jackson.

“We just moved here from Walter Reed (Army Medical Center) a few months ago,” said Tennille Salkowski. “This is a nice event and we’re having a good time here. It’s a great way to learn more about the base.”

Children from the Boys and Girls Club of the Upstate were at the celebration as part of a field trip to the post.

“We went to the water park earlier in the day and now we’re having fun here,” said Jayla Smith, 11, of Spartanburg. “I’m glad we made it to the birthday party.”

Various activities allowed guests to take part in the celebration. More than 300 cupcakes were decorated and more than 100 people signed a birthday card that is on display at Post Headquarters. The Fort Knox-based 100th Division Army Band from Kentucky played patriotic music during the festivities and entertained party guests.

The event also served as a bridge between military families stationed here and civilians completely unaware of life on a military post.

“I’ve never been on an Army base before,” Smith said. “I feel like I’m behind the scenes on a movie set and seeing where everything happens. I hope they bring us back here next year.”

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